All Along the Watchtower

For those keeping tabs, as of today February has sucked for 39.28% 42.85% 46.43% of its total suckdomness. Excruciating.

The 49ers have not signed any players or released any players. No one has gotten the franchise tag. The fates of Dashon Goldson, Manny Lawson, David Baas, and Abrayo Franklin remain a mystery. The team has until March 3rd to re-sign these fellows, franchise one of them, or watch them hit the FA trail and probably not return.

Of this bunch, Franklin is the most important player to retain. Without him, the defense would be missing its nose, which would have the same effect as would occur if a humanoid were missing this piece: instant ugly.

The franchise tag for DTs/NTs skyrockets this year from $7 million per year to $12 million. For this inflation, we can thank Dan Snyder and Albert Haynesworth. The 49ers won’t franchise Abrayo at this figure, so they have until March 3rd to sign him to a contract or watch him walk away.

It would not be a stretch to envision Trent Baalke and Vic Fangio having quite an extended confab over Franklin, as well as the other defensive players mentioned above. We don’t know what Fangio thinks of the players he has inherited or what Baalke thinks, but the decision ultimately resides in Baalke’s lap. We think he better get this guy re-signed.

Baas is probably not going to be back. He got lucky this past year with the injury to Eric Heitmann, and instead of hitting free agency as a backup left guard, he will enter the market as a pretty good starting center. So long, David. We will miss the yearly jokes about your latest training camp injury and the over/under on when it will occur. DelMar runs a side bet on what part of Baas’ torso will break down, but that pool is for hardcore gambling addicts only.

Lawson is probably gone, too. He’s a good linebacker and a fine fellow, but he’ll be valued more in free agency than he will be here in SF. His exodus will be sad for this scribe, who had grown attached to the much maligned OLB. He’ll probably end up in Washington opposite Andre Carter and rack up ten useless sacks per year for the next ten years. Unlike Carter, though, Manny will hold the edge and frustrate the TEs in the league with his pass coverage skills.

Goldson is a head scratcher. He hasn’t been here long enough or done enough to get excited one way or the other about his coming or going. He might even be to the FS position what Alex Smith has been to the QB spot. Occasionally impressive, inconsistent, and not enough big time plays. He’s still young, though, so it is presumed he will continue to improve. His free agency depends on the wording of the next CBA, so maybe he’ll be tempted to remove the doubt and sign up for another two years or so.

Signing Franklin is the key to the deal for the Niners. In addition to his value, if he’s signed, the franchise tag could be used on, say, Goldson. The Outsider is not privy to the boardrooms at 4949 Centennial Blvd., so we can only hope our GM figures this happy horseshit out so as to be pleasing to our eyes this coming year.

In the meantime, it will be February all weekend long and it will be devoid of any redeeming qualities and, in case I haven’t mentioned it, that really sucks.

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12 comments on “All Along the Watchtower
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Seems this lack of 49er action has put your blog into imbroglio!

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Is that a shot?

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    No, it is the WOTD! You were writing about the lack of 49er action making things suck. Seemed like a good use.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Berger, it’s February that sucks because it causes the lack of action. I’m thinking of a class action law suit against the Romans for interrupting civilization with a useless month each year.

  5. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised tosee the Niners sign AF to a 3 year dealin the $18-$21 mill range. If he wants more (years), that could be a problem.

  6. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    February ain’t so bad. We’ve got the Crosby Clambake going this weekend down on the Monterey Peninsula. Valentine’s Day next Monday. The Daytona 500 a week from Sunday. Presidents’ Day the day afterwards. Followed by five straight days of the NFL Combine to close out the month. That beats the hell outta watching Singletary and Raye run an offense.
    Then again, there’s some drying paint and growing grass that would put those two to shame.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- You make February sound risible!

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If Dennis’ list gets anybody excited, that person would become a risible stock and be risibled out of town.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is hard to think of February as risible because of the cold. But it is the month that it does start warming. Glass half full!

  10. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll be risable when the CBA is signed so the Niners can get a real QB (or at least a better imitation).

  11. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    [feb-yoo-er-ee] sucks.
    [feb-roo-er-ee] rocks.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Out here in the Frozen Tundra of NJ I typically see the Daytona 500 as an indication that Spring is almost here.

    Don’t do Hockey or Basketball so I look for the next College recruits to add to the imaginary Roster and without NFL Network I’d be pretty bummed this time of year.

    Combines and Draft, (with the drama of the CBA negotiations), is about all we’ve got Skeebers.

    Have to ride it out until the CBA opens the doors to Business as usual I suppose?

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
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1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
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Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
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